Birthright citizenship: Trump lashes out at Paul Ryan

Trump wants to end birthright citizenship in the U.S.

The citizenship proposal would inevitably spark a long-shot legal battle over whether the president can alter the long-accepted understanding that the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to any child born on US soil, regardless of his parents' immigration status.

"You can not end birthright citizenship with an executive order". "That's what it costs ― billions". "It's still totally fine to give birth in Canada and the baby can get Canadian citizenship", the company said on its microblog account.

Napolitano, though, said the only way that birthright citizenship can be altered is through a Constitutional amendment.

In fact, House Speaker Paul Ryan and scholars widely pan the idea that Trump could unilaterally change the rules on who is a citizen.

Trump doubled down on his commitment to upending the 14th Amendment to the riled-up crowd chanting, "USA!"

"In 1993, around the time Donald Trump was gobbling up tax-free inheritance money from his wealthy father and driving several companies into bankruptcy, I made a mistake", Reid said.

Old footage of former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) shows that some of the strong voices in the Democratic Party agree with President Donald Trump on his proposal to abolish birthright citizenship.

Legal experts have debated for years how to interpret the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment, but the consensus is one-sided: Most agree that it in fact grants citizenship to those born on USA soil.

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"Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process", Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday.

Ryan should be focusing on preserving the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, Trump tweeted on Wednesday, rather than giving opinions on the issue of birthright citizenship, "something he knows nothing about!". "He's getting the executive branch under control and saying, 'This is what the 14th Amendment means, '" Levin said. "At its core, birthright citizenship is what our 14th Amendment is all about". The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Stephen Yale-Loehr, a Cornell university immigration expert, said the case against Trump's authority is "not open and shut, but the better view is it would require a constitutional amendment".

But attorney George T. Conway, Kellyanne Conway's husband, has parted company with his wife when it comes to birthright citizenship. "But President Trump doesn't understand that, or care to, as he has apparently decided that flippantly threatening to upend the Constitution to exploit anti-immigrant sentiment is good politics", Senator Patrick Leahy said.

However, the text of the amendment's opening Citizenship Clause is this: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside". Six of the Justices ruled that the phrase "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof" applied to any person required to obey U.S. laws, meaning even children of foreigners residing in the country permanently or temporarily.

Most legal scholars say the jurisdiction language denies citizenship only to those who are not bound by USA law, such as the children of foreign diplomats.

A longtime proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, Graham would likely want to tie any effort to end birthright citizenship to major changes in immigration policy that could benefit illegal immigrants already living in-country, perhaps with a proposed "path to citizenship", or a long-term partial amnesty agreement.

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